FDA Warns of Toxic Hand Sanitizer Products/(COVID-19 Updates)

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Summary for most recent day of reporting in Connecticut

Day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week. All data in this report are preliminary; data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected. Hospitalization data were collected by the Connecticut Hospital Association. Deaths* reported to either the OCME or DPH are included in the daily COVID-19 update.

*For public health surveillance, COVID-19-associated deaths include persons who tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease around the time of death (confirmed) and persons whose death certificate lists COVID-19 disease as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death (probable).

Category Text Total Change Direction Change
Laboratory Confirmed COVID-19 Cases  49,670 +  130
COVID-19 Associated Deaths  4,431 +   6
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19  66 +  13
Patients Tested for COVID-19  776,775 +  12,958

Charts represent the date the data were reported to the CT DPH.  Cases and deaths are cumulative over time.  Hospitalization data are collected by CT Hospital Association

Source: Department of Public Health

                                                                                                        Total Reported

                                                                                                              To Date    Change from   Probable 

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Local Results                                                                                                                  

Westport Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State        316                    +0                     15

Weston Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State             72                    +1                     3

A complete listing by town and county of all COVID-19 cases being reported by the Connecticut State Department of Health, and various analyses of those cases, can be found by following this link: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/CTDPHCOVID19summary7302020.pdf?la=en


FDA Warns of Toxic Hand Sanitizer Products

The WWHD is reminding residents about the Food and Drug Administration’s recent recall of certain hand sanitizers that were found to contain methanol (or wood alcohol).  Methanol can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and can be lethal if ingested.  It is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers.  The FDA warns consumers that the recalled hand sanitizer products contain dangerous levels of methanol, which can lead to serious health problems.  Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system, or death. The FDA notes that their investigation is ongoing but thus far, the recall includes products manufactured by various companies, all in Mexico.   According to the FDA advisory, “Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk.”

Frequent hand washing can prevent the spread of germs and viruses.  Use soap and warm water, rubbing vigorously, for at least 20 seconds.  However, if soap and water aren’t available, be sure to use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also referred to as ethyl alcohol).

To learn more about the FDA warning and a list of the brands recalled, please see link below: